This section of the Hitachi Case Study describes the outlook on PVC controversy related to the use of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) by Hitachi Cable Manchester in its cable products.

It’s clear that with its RoHS directive, Europe has taken the lead on the elimination of hazardous substances. The controversy for PVC’s safety will most likely continue for years to come. Environmental Groups, who oppose the use of PVC, will continue to condemn PVC; while PVC advocates will continue to maintain that the material has been unfairly targeted by groups with unsubstantiated technical information. Today, existing scientific data such as Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) continue to support the safe use of PVC for all end user applications.

In this video: Brian Johnston discusses the RoHS initiative and the global regulations that have been developed as a derivative of the European Union standard. (0:55)

What is HCM’s final verdict on the PVC issue? It’s very simple. Through various studies on PVC, the global scientific community has arrived at the conclusion that modern PVCs are no more harmful than any other plastics currently in use. Hitachi Cable Manchester will build cables for customers using the safe plastics they desire – whether they use PVC or other materials.

Hitachi Cable Manchester New Hampshire’

In this photo: Hitachi Cable Manchester’s 300,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility located in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Since 2005, Hitachi Cable Manchester has manufactured RoHS-compliant cables and cable products. In fact, HCM was one of the first cable manufacturers to become RoHS compliant across all our product lines. HCM’s commitment to the environment and policies that promote a healthier environment is unwavering. We also continue to evaluate non-halogen compounds such as TPO, polyolefins, TPUs, etc. We are committed to meet our social responsibilities, and promote environmental conservation by reducing any hazardous impact of products throughout their entire life cycle, states Humenik.

In this video: Joe Iamartino explains how Hitachi Cable Manchester responds to the PVC controversy by investing in material science to customize cable products for every need. (0:33)

Hitachi Cable Group has established the “Standards of Corporate Conduct”, clearly defining its mission and role in conducting business activities. These include “Action Guidelines for Environmental Conservation”, and promote Group activities as a whole by committing to active participation for environmental conservation.

To realize an environmentally harmonious and sustainable society through products and services, Hitachi Cable Group is committed to meet its social responsibilities by promoting globally-applicable “MONOZUKURI” (designing, manufacturing or repairing of products), which is aimed at reducing environmental burdens of products to ensure environmental conservation.

About Hitachi Cable Manchester

Hitachi Cable Manchester, Inc. (HCM)

Hitachi Cable Manchester, Inc. (HCM) is a manufacturer of copper premise cable, fiber optic cable, electronic round cable, electronic ribbon cable, and custom cable. Our cable products are designed and produced at our modern 300,000 square foot facility located in Manchester, New Hampshire. Our state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and advanced engineering technology enables us to produce a wide range of products to meet all industry-standard cable and custom cable needs.

Hitachi Cable Manchester is a standards and technology based manufacturing company. Our cables are designed to exceed the most stringent ANSI, UL and CSA requirements. In addition, all of HCM premise and fiber optic cables comply with TIA and ISO telecommunications cabling standards. HCM is ISO 9001 registered and is a showcase example of a fully-automated cable manufacturing plant.

Update: In April 2012, Hitachi Cable Manchester merged with Hitachi Cable America Inc. To learn more, please visit Hitachi Cable America’s Performance Cable Systems division website.

About Teknor Apex

is a privately held company founded in 1924 and headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA. Teknor Apex manufactures for eight of their divisions at 8 locations in the U.S., and one each in Singapore, China, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. They are a diversified material science company, using complementary technologies to serve common markets. The following divisions have been the logical evolution of their growth:

  • Vinyl
  • Thermoplastic Elastomer
  • Nylon
  • Bioplastics
  • Teknor Color Company
  • Chemical
  • Toll and Specialty Compounding
  • Garden Hose

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Release Date:
July, 2011, prior to the merger of Hitachi Cable Manchester with Hitachi Cable America

Products & Services:
RoHS-compliant cables and cable products

Solutions By:
Hitachi Cable Manchester

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